June 27 - July 1, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course number: 340.628.11
This one-week course provides students with a systematic and selective overview of conceptual approaches and research findings related to the impact of social determinants on population health. Each session highlights a different area of research on the frontier of this emerging field. Among the social processes examined are 1) social inequalities (including social class differences as well as the effects of income inequality per se), 2) gender differences and inequalities, 3) social networks and support, 4) neighborhood characteristics, and 5) population wide changes. Emphasis is placed upon extending the causal chain thought to be associated with patterns of disease to include “upstream” factors related to social context. Includes discussion of methods related to the study of social factors across multiple levels; however, this is not intended to be a methods course. The course will be taught as a seminar with limited lecture material and required and suggested readings.
Student Evaluation: paper
- Define and describe the field of social epidemiology in terms of its history, current status, and future directions.
- Identify and describe 4 distinct core areas of research within the field.
- Distinguish between leading theories that have guided the field.
- Apply concepts, theories and methods from the field of social epidemiology to a research problem of interest to the student.
- Operate within a seminar course format
Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Materials: Materials provided in class and through CoursePlus